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Alignment and Placement Lettering & Monograms Wearables

It’s Sew Easy TV: Monograms for Men

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On October 10, log onto and watch me show you how to make any men’s garment distinctive and personal by adding a monogram in episode 703.  The key work is discretion to assure great results. I’ll discuss the variety of types and shapes available for monograming, and show how to perfectly position the garment in the hoop before you start to embroider.  Then, I’ll create the monogram on the screen of the Quattro® 3 NV6750D by selecting the font from the built-in lettering and resizing and moving the letters.  Check out how to use the snowman sticker to assure the pocket flap is perfectly positioned.


If there’s one word to describe monogramming on menswear, it’s discreet; discreet in size and contrast. Now don’t go by my samples – my samples are done for photography – highly contrasting so you can see them well on camera. But when stitched for someone to actually wear, a discreet monogram is the one most gentlemen will be comfortable wearing. You have several choices when it comes to placing the monogram. Some very popular choices are on the pocket, above the pocket, or on the pocket flap if there is one, on the left cuff, inside the placket between the second and third button or on the placket at the bottom, just below the last button on the top placket and just for identification purposes: inside the collar. ill There are countless ways to arrange the letters but I’ve focused on three versions of the three-letter monogram. The traditional diamond shape: first name initial, last name initial and middle name initial. The two outer letters are proportionally smaller than the middle letter. Diamond The standard order: first, middle and last initial – all the same size. Standard On the pocket flap, go for a contemporary approach with the first initial stacked over the middle initial. This ‘tower’ of letters is equal in size to the last initial. Take this approach when the garment is a casual shirt like flannel, worn every day. Contemp Let’s take a look at how you do it.

Pocket Flap

Find the vertical center of the flap. Place a target sticker just right of the edge of the flap. Hoop sticky stabilizer and place the hoop under the Perfect Alignment Laser. Turn on the laser and center the hoop under the laser. Position the flap on the sticky stabilizer. Smooth the flap on the stabilizer making sure the shirt is not caught under the flap. Flap1 Support the weight of the shirt while transporting the hoop to the machine. Attach the hoop on the machine and verify the needle is centered over the target sticker. Remove the sticker and embroider the monogram.


Button the left cuff and place it on a flat surface. Cuff2 Place the Perfect Placement Kit Cuff template on the cuff, aligning the fold with the template fold line and the topstitching line with the topstitching. Slide a target sticker under the template – use A for sizes small and medium and B for Large and extra-large. Cuff Unbutton the sleeve and pull the sleeve inside out. Hoop adhesive stabilizer and center the hoop under the Perfect Alignment Laser. Slide the cuff under the beam, aligning the crosshairs. Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the monogram. These small precise monograms take under three minutes to stitch – you could do a whole closetful in an afternoon!

Here’s your assignment this week:

What is your most prized monogram project? Tell us your favorite and one comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend on the DIME website. Thank you for reading and good luck!


The winner of last week’s assignment is:

What foot do you have that you wish you knew how to use?  Post a comment to let us know! One comment will be chosen at random to receive a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website!

And the winners is..Barbara. “Gee, I wish I knew where to start! Between my sewing machine and serger, there are so many adventures afoot that I can’t begin to choose! How about the ones that came with the last update?”




  • Jacque

    The cuffs on my niece’s shirt for her wedding when she got her hair and make up done – one cuff said “I Do!” and the other cuff had her wedding date.

    • Debbie

      I am cosine ring this for my niece’s wedding. Could you tell me the font you used & how large on cuffs?

  • Belinda Germain

    Favorite monogram, done on napkins, placemats, shower curtain, bath mat and towels for my grand daughter’s wedding presents. Turned out beautiful and she loved them.

  • Nancy

    Love doing monograms on men’s cuff in the same color as the shirt. Just adds that subtle elegance and not too foo-foo for my husband.

  • Frances Powell

    My most prized monogram project is a Vera Bradley purse that I monogrammed for myself. I was nervous to do it but it came out great!! It was the 1st thing that I had monogrammed for myself.

  • Janny

    A tote bag for a cancer survivor friend, a sister survivor. We had different colored ribbons, different battles but the same war.

  • Jacqueline Curtis

    My husband loves having his monogram on the front of his robes. So I do it for him because that is his favorite.

  • Donna G.

    The towel sets I did for my daughter’s and son-in-law’s new home!

  • Carol

    The ring bearer pillow I made for my daughter’s wedding. On the front was their monogram in a frame with the wedding date and on the back I embroidered the poem read at their wedding.

  • Jeanne

    My favorite was the baby blanket I embroidered for a friend.

  • Gail Beam

    The towels that I monogramed for my grandchildren.

  • Pam Morrow

    Nothing flash – but the black kitchen towel I monogrammed for a friend using white thread andva simple, modern style – twig frame and a plain letter. It looked so stylish and suited her modern kitchen and tastes perfectly.

  • Christy

    Using a terrycloth robe I put the last name big across the back and the first name small on the front. They look like a prize fighter’s robe and give them as wedding or shower gifts.

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  • Nancy Weber

    One of my very first embroidery projects was adding a monogram to my husband’s favorite denim shirt. He still loves it!

  • Patty

    My favorite things to monogram are onesis!

  • Shea

    My favorite monogram is the stacked one that I put on one of three t-shirts I gave to my 30-year old son for his last birthday. I’ve seen him wear that shirt three times in the month since then – he LOVES it.

  • Royce Zook

    Monograms, for mens’ wear, have a certain look of distinction if not made to stand out by being too large or too colorful. Tone on tone, is that the term?

  • Mary J Chevalier

    Most favorite : the cap, pillowcases and bath towel for my son who died four years ago. He was proud of my skill in doing them.

    • Kate LeViness

      Hi Mary,
      I just wanted to tell you, I’m sorry you lost your son, & understand your pain. I lost mine as well, 11 yrs ago.
      I loved putting his monogram on his shirts!

  • LeAnne L

    I’ve been embroidering for over 15 years and I’ve never done a monogram. I mostly do quilts. Maybe I could sneak one in on the label.

  • Barbara McKenzie

    Several years ago I made purse inserts for all the ladies in my family and most of them were monogrammed. I thought they turn out very pretty and everyone seemed to like them a lot.

  • Karen

    I love monogramming anything.

  • Kristal

    My kids love anything I monogram for them. They tell me it makes them feel special.

  • Doreen

    My favorite monogram project was for a niece’s wedding. I embroidered a tablecloth & 8 napkins with their monogram centered inside a rose to match the dinnerware she had chosen.

  • susan james

    the t shirts with minnie mouse applique and monogram for family trip to disney world for grandson graduation trip

  • Anne Marie Reilly

    My shower curtain is off white and made of a puckered material. I wanted to dress it up so I made an oval applique in a light blue material with a monogram in the middle in off white. Then I stitched it on with invisible thread. I’m pleased with the results and have received several compliments on it.

  • Vicky Isliefson

    I put my late Father-in-law’s nickname (Cec) and an embroidered portrait of his dog on his favorite denim shirt. I now have the shirt as a memento. Not sure what to do with it. Should I cut out the embroidered area and frame it? Nobody is going to wear it.

  • Bonnie Gray

    I put the logo of my husband’s business on the right cuff of his dress shirt he wears for meetings. When he shakes hands the person sees his logo.

  • betty smith

    I monogramed a duffle bag for my granddaughter who is on the cheer squad. Her name on one end, the school’s mascot on other end. The bag was made from a plush fabric in school’s colors.

  • Karen Roop

    I monogramed spa wraps for my 3 grandsons from All About Blanks. They are all the same size and they now can tell them apart. They made fun of them last Christmas but they have used them all year and asked me to make them again this year!
    Karen Roop

  • Berenice

    I “monogram” blankets for my daughters’ friends and their babies (the friends’ not my girls! No grands yet…).

  • Berenice

    I ‘Monogram blankets and towels for my daughters’ friends and the friend’s babies.

    • Berenice

      OOPS! Got too excited by Charger’s win! Didn’t realize I already posted….

  • Kathy Schmidt

    My current favorite is the one I did yesterday on a pink/grey jacket for myself. I used a barbwire font for my monogram which went with the horse embroidery I did on the back perfectly. Love the magazine & blog…..thank you

  • Barb Miller

    I love the easy way you show just where the monogram should be. Perfect everytime.I often monogram a baby blanket or a bib.

  • beth daniels

    My favorite monogram was doing a monogram on two satin pillowcases that I did for my niece when she got married last year. I did the monogram in gold with off white satin. She loved them so much that she wants me to make another pair in the future to go along with her bedding covers.

  • Debe

    My Daughters wedding dress 10 yrs ago & most recently I did an afghan for a wedding shower with a large T (last name) & used a technique from this blog to intertwine the first name initials. It turned out beautiful.

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